|Taurus (ˈtɔːrəs, ˈtɔːrɪən, tɔːˈrɪən)|
|—n , Latin genitive Tauri|
|1.||astronomy a zodiacal constellation in the N hemisphere lying close to Orion and between Aries and Gemini. It contains the star Aldebaran, the star clusters Hyades and Pleiades, and the Crab Nebula|
|a. Also called: the Bull the second sign of the zodiac, symbol ♉, having a fixed earth classification and ruled by the planet Venus. The sun is in this sign between about April 20 and May 20|
|b. a person born when the sun is in this sign|
|3.||born under or characteristic of Taurus|
|[C14: from Latin: bull]|
"What form great Jove would next devise,
And when his godship would again Taurise?"
[William Somerville, 1727]
|Taurus (tôr'əs) Pronunciation Key
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Orion and Aries. Taurus (the Bull) contains the bright star Aldebaran and the grouping known as the Pleiades. It is the second sign of the zodiac.